Free Webinar: Opportunity Zones and Their Potential in Economic Development and Disaster Recovery

Date:  October 29, 2019
Time:  3:00 pm
Price:  Free
Registration Deadline: October 29 at 11:00 am ET
Instructions will be emailed on Monday, October 28
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Opportunity Zones present a major "opportunity" for economic developers to rebuild existing businesses and also attract new investment. Join us for this webinar that will detail strategies for making your Opportunity Zones attractive to investors.

Key Takeaways:

- Gain insight on how utilizing Opportunity Zones can be a strategic effort in community's disaster recovery & economic resilience efforts.
- Learn what investors are seeking when considering investment decisions in Opportunity Zones.
- Hear OZ professionals detail the tax advantages and important deadlines to consider in Opportunity Zone investment.


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Mary Burke Baker
Government Affairs Counselor
K&L Gates
Washington, DC

Mary Burke Baker is a government affairs counselor in the Washington, D.C. office of K&L Gates. She leads the tax policy practice and co-leads the Opportunity Zone practice. Mary focuses on federal tax matters affecting domestic and multinational corporations, pass-through entities, and individuals. Her practice covers tax policy legislation and regulatory guidance, tax administration, and technical tax issues, including the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (tax reform), accounting methods, information reporting, taxation of the digital economy, and others. Since enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in December, 2017, Mary has particularly focused on the Opportunity Zone incentive and is a frequent speaker on the topic throughout the United States.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mary served for six years with the Senate Committee on Finance. In that position, she managed several major tax bills for Committee Chairman Baucus, including FATCA, international reforms, basis reporting, and credit card reporting; she also worked closely on the Affordable Care Act and economic stimulus provisions and managed and maintained the revenue offset list. Mary managed committee hearings; oversaw IRS policies, programs, and initiatives; and worked on tax reform measures. She was responsible for vetting the financial information, including tax documents, for all Administration nominees falling under the jurisdiction of the Senate Finance Committee. Mary also served at the IRS for more than 25 years in a variety of technical and management positions, including large case team coordinator and Manager of the Office of Tax Shelter Analysis. During her time with the IRS, Ms. Baker materially contributed to numerous IRS guidance documents, including coordinated issue papers and industry director’s directives.

Ms. Baker is a frequent contributor to the tax press and has spoken extensively before business and tax groups on a variety of tax issues.

Gerry Reihsen
Coasis Corporation
Dallas, TX

Gerald J. (Gerry) Reihsen, III is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Coasis Coalition Companies PB LLC, a public benefit company that provides support, services and products to the Opportunity Zone ecosystem, including its (a) investment and other economic participants, (b) agencies and organizations that are historically dedicated to assisting under-optimized communities, (c) state and local economic development agencies, and (d) residents of those communities.

Gerry was a founder of Behringer Harvard Funds, a real estate investment fund platform built from the ground up that generated more than $5 billion in equity investment capital and over $11 billion in assets under management over a decade in various innovative investment products, and Xybridge Technologies, a telecom software enterprise also begun as a startup that developed the essential software technology/soft switch for mobile and other networks that achieved an exit at a valuation of over $400 million.

Gerry accesses a 35-year foundation of high level international corporate-securities law and global entrepreneurial dynamics to build innovative businesses. He is uniquely suited through expertise and experience to build an ecosystem that can optimize the Opportunity Zone program for his companies and those they serve.


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